Implementing a plan to increase the proportion of nurses with a BSN degree to 80 percent: New York state, 2012-2014

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing initiative was designed to establish a national program that oversees the implementation of strategies to increase the educational progression of nurses to obtain baccalaureate and higher degrees.The Foundation of New York States (NYS) Nurses program will focus on the promising practice of a shared statewide or regional curriculum with two goals: increase the number of RNs pursuing the BS in currently established partnerships; and expand the number of partnerships. Since 2005, a highly successful educational articulation, known as the Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN), has existed between the associate degree program at St. Joseph's College of Nursing in Syracuse, New York, and the upper-division bachelor of science degree program in the Department of Nursing at Le Moyne College, also in Syracuse. This grant will enable the Foundation of NYS Nurses originators of the DDPN to establish an educational collaborative with public- and private-sector colleges and their practice partners to further implement this model in other rural and urban geographic areas of the state. This collaborative will share best practices, develop common marketing materials, and implement a systematic, standardized data collection methodology to be used at the programmatic as well as the state level. Seventy percent of nursing students in DDPN programs choose to complete their baccalaureate education after passing NCLEX before the completion of the program. This program will have a significant impact on the number of BSN-prepared nurses in the region and will contribute to efforts around the state aimed at advancing New York towards the 80/20 goal.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $297,797.00

Awarded on: 8/2/2012

Time frame: 8/15/2012 - 8/14/2014

Grant Number: 70273


Foundation of New York State Nurses, Inc.

2113 Western Avenue, Suite 1
Guilderland, NY, 12084-9561


Susan B. Bastable
Project Director


Cathryne A. Welch
Project Director


Barbara Zittel
Project Director